Birmingham look at striking trio

Cardiff City Striker Jay BothroydBirmingham City manager Alex McLeish has admitted that he desperately needs to bring in striking reinforcements in January and has Jay Bothroyd, Robbie Keane and Ryan Babel on his wish list.

“The board understands the situation and there are a few names we’ve talked about that could enhance the team.” McLeish said.

“Loan or permanent? There are both options and we are not going to kill the club by paying excessive money, which can happen in the January window.”

“We need, quite simply, to score more goals. To finish ninth, with the amount of goals we scored last season, was unbelievable.”

It is thought that Birmingham’s number one target is Cardiff City and England striker Jay Bothroyd who has scored an impressive 15 goals already this season. Bothroyd has previously played in the Premiership for Coventry, Blackburn and Charlton, but his reputation and fiery temper meant that he failed to settle that any of these clubs. McLeish is thought to be ready to take a risk on the 28 year-old and is ready to offer around £5 million.

Robbie Keane has been linked with many clubs in January after Spurs announced that they were prepared to listen to offers for the player. Birmingham will have to fight it out with West Ham, Everton and Wolves if they are to secure the Irishman’s services.

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